Spare tires have been getting rarer and rarer every year. Only a few vehicle models are even carrying them anymore, mainly to save on space and fuel efficiency.
Sometimes, unlucky things happen, and you’re forced to ride on a spare tire before you can get some new tires for your Subaru Outback. In those cases, it is best to know where to find a spare and what kind of spare you have.
This article will go over a few questions people might have about Subaru Outback spare tires.
Always remember to do regular tire rotations on your Subaru Outback to prevent needing a spare tire in the first place.
Does the Subaru Outback Have a Spare Tire?
Most Subaru Outback models and years have been equipped with a temporary spare tire. This includes the Outback models up to the 2023 model year.
However, the presence of a spare tire can depend on specific trim levels and options, so it’s always a good idea to check the specific details for the model year and trim level you’re interested in.
Where is the Spare Tire in the Subaru Outback?
In the Subaru Outback, the spare tire is typically located under the cargo area floor in the rear of the vehicle, aka, the trunk. To access the spare tire, you’ll need to open the rear hatch, remove the cargo area floor cover, and then you’ll see the spare tire compartment.
Please note that alongside the spare tire, you should also find the necessary tools for changing the tire, including a jack and a lug wrench.
Is The Spare Full-Sized?
Most Subaru Outbacks don’t come with full-sized spares. It is typically a smaller, lighter, “temporary” or “compact” spare, often referred to as a “donut.” These spare tires are designed for temporary use to get you to a safe location or a tire repair facility in case of a flat tire.
Subaru Foresters have full-sized spares, but the Outbacks do not.